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199 - that's says it all!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

emoticon emoticonWow, I wanted to make a really big deal, but I didn't really expect it today, I was sure it would take at least another week.... But after three days of being sick and off my feed, water and exercise..... I was apprehensive! But, you should have seen the big smile on my face this a.m. when I saw the "1" in front of 199 - I've crossed the border into "One-derland"!!! Yahoo! I realize that this might be a little premature and I will have to be super careful next week and I will be..
I was even going to take my measurements but I thought I would save that for when I need some extra motivation or a boost....

So, let's all party and celebrate Spark Friends and supporters,, here's a healthy Smoothie compliments of me... and let's all take a nice long "walk and talk".

I'm a little leery of eating anything out of the ordinary as I don't know what could set off this gallbladder and cause another attack....

While I was in the city, I also treated myself to a few new clothes. They made me an offer I couldn't refuse.... they were clearing out their last summer stuff I guess, cuz I got a pair of Sz. 12 pants..... they even go on me!!!! They do have that special extra - spandex, but psychologically a Sz. 12 when I was a Sz. 18 in Dec. is so incredible!! I also got a new blouse, a new Sz. M top and 2 cute tank tops. I will be able to wear them under some of the tops that are not quite as "modest" as is required for school teachers!!

Well, I thought I had a lot more to say, but I can't believe I am speechless already... just basking in the glow.... now must head off to school and make up for the two sick days I had to take last week.... Cheers all! Here's success wished to you all too.


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FLICKRFAN 2/28/2010 6:41PM

    Getting past that barriers is huge! I am so happy for you.

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AMBULATOR 2/28/2010 4:44PM

    Awesome! Keep up the good work!

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MONTY68 2/28/2010 1:15PM

A million congratulations to you. That is fantastic and you will continue on your path.

More later

Monty emoticon

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SWEETPEA92 2/28/2010 1:06PM

    WooooooHooooo, Congrats!!!! What a fabulous feeling, I am so very happy for you!!!!!!! emoticon

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AUDISARAH 2/28/2010 12:53PM

    Congratulations......that's gotta feel great!

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SHERYLDS 2/28/2010 12:48PM

    "One-derland"........I love it !!!
Congratulation. I would be celebrating too !

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Medical Update

Friday, February 26, 2010

Well, after 4 hours at the hospital last nite, they seem to think it's gallbladder. They tok blood work and there is not infection or anything yet.
Saw dr. at 10 to 8 this and he concurred and sent in a a req. for an ultrasound. No way of knowing how long that will take. Dr. spoke to me and told me the major decision to make is whether I want to go ahead with surgery. I told him I don't. I had this trouble over 20 years ago and did a gallbladder cure/cleanse. It is immediate.. and it lasted 20 years, so sounds like a good deal to me. ANd even though dr. admits to not knowing much about holistic stuff, he said I should do it sooner than later.

So I bought the olive oil and lemon juice and will likely do it next week-end since I won't be home till too late tomorrow and I know from first time that I need at least a full day to pass the stones. I I told dr. I didn't want surgery due to my success with diet and exercise and I don't want to lose my momentum because of the surgery. I hadn't even considered it was gallbladder and was really more worried that it was ovarian cancer which i had been reading up on.

So, pretty much the lesser of all possible evils. Even the dr. admitted that gallbladder pain is the worst there is... can't believe I had forgotten it!

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SWIMLOVER 2/28/2010 2:26AM

  I will be praying that the cleanse works. I never had gall bladder pain but I had kidney stones--NO FUN! I imagine the pain is about the same. I will be praying for you and that the pain goes away.

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LITTLEWIND53 2/28/2010 12:12AM

    I am so sorry you are in pain and wish a speedy recovery for you. My sister had her Gall Bladder out around 3 years ago. She was in such pain that even the emergency room doctors thought she was having a heart attack. I don't think she knew about your cleanse at that time, but I bet she woulfd have tried that first if she hadknown. She was in a lot of pain afterwords and for about a week she couldn't climb the stairs so slept in the living room. Of course, once the incision healed, she was pain free and so glad she had had it done........

Does your cleanse work on a maintenace basis or is it only for crisis? How do you do it? (I'm asking for me, not for my sister)

Take care of yourself. Best wishes. emoticon

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SLIMLILA 2/27/2010 7:28PM

    emoticonto everyone for your concern, support and encouragement. I feel like I just had a big group hug!!

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SCOOTER4263 2/27/2010 8:06AM

    I'm glad you got yourself checked out - in my experience, almost any diagnosis is better than the "what if's." By all means, try the cleanse first - gentle, non-invasive and, God willing, effective again. And if it doesn't work, you've always got the back-up possibility of surgery. Isn't it nice to know the decision is in your hands, rather than meekly following "doctor's orders"? (I think sometimes they confuse their MD to mean Medical Deity... but that's a rant for another day.)

And don't forget you've got a bunch of folks here who'll help you any way we can! emoticon

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FLICKRFAN 2/27/2010 7:53AM

    Thanks for the update. I am so glad that you went to the doctor. Hopefully the method you tried in the past will work for you again. Otherwise get back to the doctor. Surgery would not have to interfere with your healthy lifestyle choices.

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TERRI289 2/27/2010 12:00AM

    Oh Lila,

I am glad that you got to see the doctor and now have a plan to fix things. My friend Mary Beth and her daughter both had major gall bladder issues this past year. It was not pretty.

Hope it's better soon!! emoticon

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MOMMA48 2/26/2010 11:24PM

    emoticon you are having pains, my friend! I've had my gallbladder removed and what a blessing! No more pain -- you got it! But, if you have an alternative that works for you and the dr. agrees, you go for it, hun! Whatever it takes so there is no more pain - that's the important part. Take care and you're in my prayers, as I still remember the pain and I'd never wish it upon anyone and, especially you, my friend!
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MONTY68 2/26/2010 10:22PM

My heart and prayers are with you. You are correct that's the lesser of all possible evils. As far as holistic stuff as the doctor called it, I think that in a lot of problems it is valid to consider it. Especially since you had success with using it before. At least your doctor was more positive for you and really encouraged you to do it sooner than later. Not a bad doctor.
It sounds like you have a valid plan as to when and how it works.
Your positive attitude about life will help in your decision. We are here for you in what ever way you need. I a glad that you were able to share with us.

Monty emoticon

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

I woke up at 4:41 with terrible pains in my stomach and all bloated. I tried to get back to sleep and finally did about 7:am and of course, the alarm rang at 7:30 and I did try to go to work... WE're missing half our teachers right now, so I fel t I had to. But, by the time I was there an hour, I couldn't stay any longer and wrote up a quick plan and gave it to the K teacher and she took my kids over there. I felt weak and shaky and came home and tried to sleep,,, with limited success.

I couldn't drink any water, so I will lose my streak... and I was really worried about losing all my other streaks too, so I am quickly here doing up some easy points... Ate minimal, no exercise and I still feel terrible... don't know if I will go to school tomorrow. I just took a sleeping pill to see if that might help. Hope I can sleep

This is about 5 times now this month I have had an attack like this, so whether it is gallbladder or allergies or ovary problems, I don't know,a but I do know it's time to get it sorted out. If I had lived closer to a hospital today I probably would have gone, but it's almost 2 hrs drive, so I tried to get better here.... anyway, must try to sleep and hope I feel better tomorrow.

This SP thing has really gotten to me, I was even reading labels to try to decided what would be the best things to eat and forced myself to eat something despite How I feel... emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 2/26/2010 7:29AM

    I'm so glad you're seeing a doctor - same thing five times in a month seems like something may be going on. Please keep us posted - we're all holding your hand there in the hospital, in spirit anyway! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 2/25/2010 6:40PM

    Thank you everybody.... I am on my way to the city now.... the pain went on most of today and I missed another day of work, which I hate....anyway, was able to fanagle an early am appt tomorrow before he starts the day.... hope it's not a waste of time and he will listen to symptoms and how the pains are getting more frequent..... so he can send me for an ultrasound or something to help figure it out.... will let you know...

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TEAM-ERIC 2/25/2010 3:33PM

    I really hope if you don't make it to the hospital, you can get to a dr. This doesn't sound like something you are just going to get over. If you don't take care of it, all the work you have done to this point may just get lost. This is all about taking better care of ourselves. Don't settle for feeling better....please get better soon!


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PICKIE98 2/25/2010 11:54AM

    Doctors have offices for a reason,, please don't wait any longer,, get checked, we are concerned!!

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FLICKRFAN 2/25/2010 9:14AM

    I have had three friends who needed gall bladder surgery. Check out some of the websites about symptoms. It is time to get yourself to the doctor.

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TERRI289 2/25/2010 6:11AM

    HI Sweetie, I just sent you a sparkmessage. Hope you are feeling better and I willtouch base when I get home.

emoticon, Terri

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SUGARPUNK52 2/25/2010 2:32AM

  Sorry you're feeling so poorly.Have you been to see your doctor? If this is a recurring problem you should see your doctor.I'll pray for you.Hope you feel better soon.GOD bless.

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LITTLEWIND53 2/25/2010 1:58AM

    I hope you are feeling better soon. Maybe you should be taking note of all this, how often and what sort of symptoms and tell your doctor the next time you see him/her. he may be able to shed some light on what/why this is happening.

Hope you get some answers soon. It can be very disruptive when you don't feel very well. Take it easy. emoticon

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MONTY68 2/25/2010 1:44AM

I feel so bad for you, Maybe by time this gets to you you will be sleeping. My thoughts are with you and I hope we find you feeling better in the morning.

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I Almost Lost it Tonite!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Well, it was bad enough that I worked all day and had a tough kid - but I did manage to get a break from him for an hour. But, I came home late - 5:30 and no supper ready. But of course, dh has the answer for that...... he didn't know what good meal we were going to have... This "lifestyle change" I've made is rubbing off on him - or should I say it the way it really is, he's taking advantage of it - but he waits for me to make a really healthy meal and then he has been enjoying the meals with me too.

But, I was too tired and it got on my nerves. Anyway, I went looking for an emotional fill-up. I checked out that bag of chocolate that is on the chair since the after Christmas sales. I've been having a Hershey's kiss or two lately (at 20 calories each - it's easy to fit them into plan) but tonite I seriously looked at the Toblerone bars too.. I checked out the label and tried every which way I could to work it into my last 150 calories I had left. I was already planning a Smoothie, so that would have already used up everything. But, since I am a couple days away from being a full 2 months on this plan and I have lost (albeit small amounts) every single week - and I have not had one single binge since I've started... I decided that I would give in (a little) because I know from decades of dieting that if you don't have some of what you want, you will begin to feel deprived and then pig-out and say to heck with it all. So, I probably did go over, but I had popcorn 100 cal bag, then the kisses and about 4 dark chocolate sticks (just over 50 cal total) and then when I made my strawberry/blueberry smoothie, I split it and only had half - gave other 1/2 to dh... who said it was just as good as MacD's...

Then, I had dh start the laptop so I could WATP while I watched Idol. I was half finished it before I realized that he had put on the 1 mile rather than the 2 mile I had asked for. Anyway, Idol wasn't over so I decided to go ahead with the 2 mile too.... so that was an added benefit.... 3 miles for the price of 2....

Well, in summary, instead of losing it totally, I allowed myself to have some of the forbidden fruit, but was able to rein in control before I hit the really big time calories.... and therefore, a binge stopped in its tracks. Some of the lifestyle changes that helped me curb it were that I had a smoothie, and I allowed myself to have the chocolate and enjoyed it rather than pigging out and giving over control to the food and the emotions that led me to the loss of control...

Anyway, hopefully the error in WATP videos also contributed to me burning more calories than planned so hopefully the minus will be greater than the plus..... I am exhausted and know I am rambling, so shut up and go to bed. Lila... emoticon

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TERRI289 2/25/2010 6:14AM

    YOu did good!!

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MONTY68 2/24/2010 1:08PM

This is a great blog, what it will show everyone that once a person is into change, that one becomes aware of what may happen. you are the teacher, you showed the lesson and you handled it so well, you took care of the need without going overboard.
As I have said to you this is your year. Congratulations on a job well done.
Monty emoticon

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FLICKRFAN 2/24/2010 9:56AM

    I am glad you were able to stop. It is too easy to go over board when you are nibbling on the stuff you know is full of empty calories. Keep up the good work.

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Add Some Color to Your Meals

Monday, February 22, 2010

Well, as I sat eating supper tonite, I was intrigued by how pretty it was. I had a pork tenderloin with sauteed green peppers and onions. Also, I had steamed broccoli and cauliflower. And some very pretty orange sweet potato fries. (Guess if I had been planning to be color-coordinated, I would have used red peppers and it would have been really pretty!- Not to mention lots of healthy vitamins) I wonder if I did manage to meet all my nutrient requirements today... I was at 99 for my folate and I need 100 minimum... I wonder if there is a way to find out (other than checking every single food item's nutritional value) where I got my magnesium and folate from so then if I know which foods I eat regularly, I can figure out how much of them I need to eat to meet my RDA's.

Well, I just remembered I was going to make a cabbage roll casserole, guess it's getting too late now. That too is a colorful meal. I use the cole slaw mix with the nice purple cabbage and carrots in it. Then I add layers of rice, onion slices, and usually TVP rather than ground beef and lots of diced tomato and tomato sauce.... gotta be healthy, it freezes well and it's so yummy....

Hmmm, should I or shouldn't I make it? Gotta go WATP for 2 miles - but I've given up on going back to work to prep for tomorrow.... decisions, decisions..... or go to sleep or read.... or stay on SP.... life gets more complicated... what should I do? emoticon

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IRENEHARPS 2/23/2010 6:29PM

    Great blog LILA! Color IS so important.....isn't it? I am interested in your cabbage roll casserole. I love cabbage rolls although I could never make them......too much trouble. However, if you talk about a casserole, well now you have me wondering. I'd be very much interested in your recipe.

Irene in On

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MONTY68 2/22/2010 11:31PM

Very interesting blog. I could feel excitement in your writings about the color of the meal. I took a picture a couple of weeks ago because I thought my dinner looked good and did have some color.
If you were at 99 and suppose to be 100 on folate, I would be happy.
You made my mouth water with the cabbage rolls. Did you make it?
You sure do have some decisions to make, as I am writing this I wonder what choice you made. I know I would be on SP and eventually hit the sack.
I liked your blog, have a wonderful Tuesday.

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SCOOTER4263 2/22/2010 11:02PM

    A nutritionist once told me that if you just buy the most colorful produce you can find, and eat as many different colored things every day as you can manage, you'll naturally take in optimum nutrition. Since I try to eat local produce as much as possible, in the winter months I back it up with a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement - but just one! It gets too complicated (and expensive) trying to do all the nutrients separately in pill form. If you're counting so diligently that you have 99 out of 100, unless you enjoy this sort of detail stuff, you're going to make yourself crazy (or at least that'd be true for me.) Just shoot for most of what you need most days - a few extra or fewer here and there isn't going to make a difference in the long run.

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